Report: New appointment could lure Newcastle United's Florian Thuavin to Italy

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The Magpies are reportedly happy to sell.

Newcastle's Florian Thauvin before the gameThauvin's Magpies spell hasn't gone as planned

Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin could be bound for Italy next season, the Chronicle reports.

Marcelo Bielsa is set to be appointed Lazio manager this week, and the report claims the former Marseille chief is weighing up a reunion in Rome.

The pair previously worked together for a season at Stade Velodrome, where Thauvin was arguably at his best.

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The 23-year-old scored five goals and made eight assists during the 2014-15 campaign, as Bielsa delivered a fourth-placed finish for l'OM before resigning in August 2015.

And the report claims the Argentine feels he can get the best out of Thauvin, who's flopped following a £14 million move to Tyneside last summer.

The former France Under-21 international scored once and made two assists in 16 Magpies appearances, and spent the second half of the campaign back in Marseille on loan.

Florian Thauvin celebrates after scoring the first goal for NewcastleMoments like this were all too rare for Thauvin

The Ligue 1 side are said to be keen on another temporary deal for the former Bastia man, but Newcastle will consider all their options before allowing him to leave, the report claims.

The Magpies begin the new Championship season away at Fulham on Friday 5 August.

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